International Slavery Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum and Albert Dock

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today.

It is located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.

One of the greatest groups of national museums in the world, National Museums Liverpool is ideally placed to elevate this subject onto an international stage. Our previous focus on the issue of slavery, the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, won worldwide recognition and was central to the development of our award-winning work on diversity and outreach.

The new museum opened on 23 August 2007. Not only was this the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.

Venue Type:

Museum, Campaign or initiative

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Opening hours

Open daily 10am-5pm. Closed from 2pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Admission charges


Collection details

Industry, Maritime, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Broken Lives: slavery in modern India

  • 26 June 2015 — 11 December 2016 *on now

Slavery still exists. Even though it is illegal throughout the world today, contemporary forms of slavery can be found in almost every country.

Up to half of the victims of modern slavery globally are in India, most of these are ‘Dalits’. The word ‘Dalit’ means broken, crushed or oppressed. Dalits used to be known as ‘untouchables’, indicating how many others avoided physical contact for fear of tainting their religious purity or social superiority. Many still experience marginalisation and prejudice, live in extreme poverty and are vulnerable to human trafficking and bonded labour.


Afro Supa Hero

  • 13 May — 11 December 2016 *on now

Born in south west London, Jon Daniel found his positive Black role models in the West Indian culture of his family and the African American culture of the US.

In his late 20s he began collecting comics, games and action figures featuring positive Black role models of history and fiction, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood and his search for identity.

Celebrating the importance of role models and icons in combating the legacies of racism and discrimination, Afro Supa Hero provides a snapshot of a childhood journey to adulthood, shown through Jon’s personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora.


International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock
L3 4AQ

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0151 478 4499

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